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Despite the decline in overall job vacancies, companies continue to face considerable difficulty in finding highly qualified applicants to fill positions, according to a December 2006 Work Relations report.

Recruiting is a particular concern within both manufacturing and service sectors, due to a drop in qualified job-seekers. An online survey finds 49 percent of employers plan to raise salaries for new hires this year. Based on a growing labor shortage in the U.S., Career Buider's vice president of HR told Reuters. A U.S. government monthly report on job growth showed evidence of a growing job market.

According to Job Outlook 2007, employers plan to hire 17 percent more new college graduates from the class of 2007 than they did from the class of 2006. As baby boomers begin to retire, demand grows for new graduates for employers' products and services. Employers in the South expect the biggest increase in hiring of college graduates: reports show that they plan to increase hiring by approximately 25 percent. Computer-related degrees made the top of the list for most in demand by hiring companies. Anther in demand hiring candidate is M.B.A. graduates. Manufacturers offer the most opportunities for M.B.A. grads, planning a 32.4 percent increase in their hiring.

Two-year grads holding technology/engineering degrees, computer science, and business administration/management degrees are also in demand. The report stated that employers hire Associate degree graduates because they often have more work experience than four-year graduates and have developed a good work ethic, making them a good choice for entry-level hiring.

Some of the top personal traits employers look for are:

  • Communication Skills
  • Honesty/integrity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Motivation/initiative
  • Strong work ethic
  • Teamwork skills

Where employers are looking for new graduates:

  • On-campus interviews
  • Employer's internship program
  • Employee referrals
  • Employer's co-op program
  • Career/job fairs
  • Job postings on the college web site
  • Faculty contacts
  • Job postings on the company web site
  • Student organizations/clubs
  • Commercial job boards

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